Friday, May 09, 2014
I was skimming back through a blog I wrote this past week when I stumbled upon a lie I'd told myself (and by extension, all of you!). I stated that I've been "cooking all my meals at home."
Let's backtrack for a second.
When I came to Spark in 2009, pretty much all of my meals came from restaurants. Chinese take-out, burritos, thai curry -- these were the foods I ate on a daily basis. Obviously, most of these foods are not fit for daily consumption, and even if healthy options can be found, they certainly weren't what I was ordering!
Through Sparkpeople, I discovered the joy of cooking and now I prepare most of my own food. But to say that, of late, I cook "all" my own meals is, upon further reflection, a big, fat lie!
I eat at office social events for 1-2 meals a week. And I eat out with my husband and friends for 2-3 meals per week. Let's say I consume 21 meals per week -- 7 meals, 3 times a day. Then it is possible that close to 25% of my meals were prepared and consumed outside of the home.
There is a big difference between 0% and 25%!! For starters, in the best case scenario, I don't REALLY know exactly what I am eating 25% of the time. Even if I track it, it is just an educated guess. More likely than not, it is significantly off in one direction or the other.
Secondly, I'm FAR less likely to track these meals -- in part because I don't really know what's in them and in part because I tend to overindulge and I don't want to face the music.
I'm glad I realized this because I've been quietly deceiving myself about this for some time. I think my first move is to track every morsel I eat -- in or out of the house!! Otherwise, this secret, silent 25% will continue to wreak havoc on my nutrition. Talk about food creep!